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December 12, 2017 Edition

Cows rain down on drivers after crash in Utah
Emily Shugerman,The Independent Thu, Nov 23 2017

Drivers in Riverdale, Utah experienced some unexpected bumps on their morning commute when cows began raining down on them from the road above.

A semi-truck transporting cattle through the small town crashed on a freeway overpass just before noon, sending its cargo spilling into the road below. The freeway ramp was temporarily closed in the aftermath, as crews attempted to clear the scene of cattle.

The driver was speeding in the 45-mph (72-kph) area, Riverdale Police Lieutenant Mike Loveland told The Independent. While rounding a curve on an exit ramp, the truck crashed into a low wall, causing it to spill cattle.

Kerri Kofoed told the Deseret News she was driving down the freeway on Wednesday when “a big black blob came flying at the windshield.” Her car slammed into the median wall and drove over the fallen cow before coming to a stop, she said.

Ms Kofoed said she felt “major gratitude that just one cow hit me and that it didn’t bust through the windshield.”

Footage from the scene shows several cows splayed on the road below the crash, while others rest calmly in the grass to the side.

Approximately 25 cows fell from the overpass, Fox 13 reported, but it is unclear how many were killed. The driver was not injured in the crash, but was issued a citation, Mr Loveland said. The freeway ramp was reopened at 3:30pm.

“The way I understand it is that [the cows] all off the freeway at this point,” Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Zach Whitney told the Salt Lake Tribune at 3:40 pm.

A similar incident occurred last year, when another semi-truck crashed on the same freeway ramp, killing 70 of the 80 cows inside, according to the Tribune. Authorities said speeding was also to blame in that crash.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “He has it on bad authority, the cows were just training for the ‘World Jump Over the Moon Competition’.”



Fear of flying is a fairly widespread phobia, and for those who share this aversion to air travel, you may want to stop reading now. One brave traveler shared footage of his plane window coming loose from the aircraft during a recent flight over Chile, reminding us how vulnerable we are at 3,000 feet in the air.

The short footage was shared by Imgur user OctopussSevenTwo and shows the passenger casually peeling back the window from the plane, The Indy100 reported. The clip is accompanied by the simple phrase “Should I be concerned or…?”

The passenger had taken a low-cost airline, and his plane ticket was only about $30. Still, he did not expect the plane to begin to fall apart while it was still in the air.

“The window was totally off its frame,” the passenger who took the footage told The Daily Mail. “I found it funny and recorded the video with my cellphone.”

Patrick Smith, airline pilot and host of askthepilot.com, said the damage was not a concern or a danger to the airplane passengers. “It’s just a superficial liner that helps protect the actual window. I admit that it looks embarrassing and unprofessional, but there’s no safety risk,” Smith told The Daily Mail.

Plane seats usually have three windowpanes. The first window that we see come loose in the video is called the scratch pane, according to Science Alert. This pane is simply made to protect the middle pane and the outer panes from scratches and damage. It also helps to minimize the outside sounds that make it into the internal cabin, allowing passengers to have a more relaxing flight experience. The two outer panes are the most important panes, as these are the panes that actually protect passengers from the pressure of the outside world.

The odds of a plane crash are at one for every 1.2 million flights, with odds of dying one in 11 million.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “On discount airlines, you get what you pay for. Window panes are extra.”



Pensioner’s Giant Cock Has Become A Tourist Attraction In Fife
Ryan Barrell Writer, The Huffington Post UK12/08/2016

Jim Hughes has erected a 14 foot rooster in his front garden.

A Scottish pensioner’s home has become a local tourist attraction after he erected a 14 foot (4.25 metre) cockerel in his front garden.

73-year-old Jim Hughes pruned an ivy-covered tree into the shape of a male chicken outside his home in East Wemyss, and even added a beak and a comb to make it look even more cock-like.

“Originally, it was an old cherry blossom tree,” Hughes told Fife Today. It got that big that I was worried it would be blown over and hit a car.”

”It’s in the front garden and looks out into the street. Since then, quite a few people have been stopping to take photographs,” he added. “I call it Jock. And it’s crowing for independence.”

Jim isn’t the only keen horticulturalist making headlines with bizarre topiary.

Back in February, tree surgeon Chris Bishop rose to fame after pruning an 18 foot (5.5 metre) tree on his property into a giant penis.

Worcestershire resident Chris spent three years growing out the Cypress tree before he was able to trim it to look like a huge gentleman’s sausage.

The green-fingered 43-year-old told Caters: “No-one’s commented when I’ve been out in the garden, people have just looked at it and walked past. I think it’s because they’re trying to work out whether it’s just their dirty minds.”

Despite protests from angry neighbours, Chris says he plans to grow the foliage out even more so he can add a pair of testicles to the sculpture.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “In Great Britain, topiary penises are all the rage.”


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